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World focus on burma (25 December 2008)

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Thailand’s Burma Policy Set to Change under New Premier
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
We want to bring good change in Myanmar [Burma],” he said. Thailand’s new foreign minister, Kasit Piromya, has also indicated that the new administration …

Daewoo seals Myanmar-China gas export deal – Xinhua
Reuters –
Few western companies will invest in the former Burma because of its poor human rights record and continued detention of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San ..

Pope: may the light of Christmas shine also where dignity and …
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Wherever the dignity and rights of the human person are trampled upon; wherever the selfishness of individuals and groups prevails over the common good; …

Tsunami Still Haunts Burmese Migrants
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Speaking to The Irrawaddy on Thursday, Htoo Chit, the coordinator of Grassroots Human Rights Education and Development Committee (Burma), said, …

UN Passes Strong Resolution on Burma Human Rights Abuses
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

In late November, Burmese junta chief Snr-Gen Than Shwe said in the state-run newspaper The New Light of Myanmar that the seven-step roadmap is the only way …

Than Shwe, Voodoo and the Number 11
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Shortly after, the Burmese authorities began sentencing prominent pro-democracy activists. The numerology was consistent—several dissidents, including Min …

Korea Rejects Charge of Rights Abuse in Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WILLIAM BOOT BANGKOK — The South Korean government has rejected a complaint that two Korean companies have condoned human rights abuses and failed to …

Junta-backed party hopes to win 2010 elections
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
Some Burmese analysts are saying that the ethnic groups will not have much chance either, as the NUP and the transformed Union Solidarity and Development …

Wa offers assistance in fake note scandal
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
A local police informant on the Thai-Burma border, interviewed last evening by TV Channel 3, said the counterfeit notes were manufactured by the “Red Wa”, …


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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 26, 2008 at 4:53 am

World focus on Burma (5 November 2008)

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Pope not averse to visit Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
… Charles Maung Bo told UCA News, “He would be ready to make a short visit to Myanmar [Burma] if he chooses to visit one of the countries in Asia. …

ILO to mediate with junta to release child soldier
Mizzima.com, India –
by The The New Delhi – The International Labour Organization is trying to mediate with the Burmese military junta to free a child soldier. …

Barrack Obama and Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
Unless the ruling military junta in Burma lets international aid workers provide assistance freely throughout that nation, the mind-boggling death tolls …

Visiting a Ghost Town
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

This was my first step in Naypyidaw, Burma’s new capital. I had come to conduct an (undercover) report for The Irrawaddy on the third anniversary of …

Big Burmese Interest in Result of US Presidential Election
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
He said the election had been followed in Burma more closely than any previous one because the Burmese people, encouraged by the removal of Iraq’s Saddam …

Huge, enthusiastic turnout drives vote
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
At the Knights of Columbus hall on Reed Road, a couple who emigrated as refugees from Myanmar, formerly Burma, got to vote for the first time, …

18 Years in Prison and Counting
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… rapporteur on human rights in Burma while he was visiting the prison. The statement titled “Human Rights Abuses in the Junta’s Prisons,” together with a …

Lawyers for Activists Harassed, Arrested
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
According to the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), there are currently 13 lawyers defending pro-democracy activists in …

INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP: BURMA/MYANMAR AFTER NARGIS: TIME TO …
MaximsNews Network, NY –
Burma/Myanmar After Nargis: Time to Normalise Aid Relations,* the latest report from the International Crisis Group, argues that the recent cooperation has …

Cyclone Nargis leaves millions in misery six months later
Mizzima.com, India –
And the most absurd anomaly is the military junta’s crackdown on those individual Burmese – actors, business people, doctors and writers – who were so moved …

“The climatic crisis will combine with the crisis of the capital…”
International Viewpoint, UK –
… what happens in Bangladesh has no weight outside of the affected area, nor what occurred in Burma, because the control of the military junta prevents …

Making an Electoral Gamble
Daily Mississippian, MS –
Like many other faithful citizens of this great state on Tuesday in honor of our nation’s democracy, I drove to Tunica to play at the casinos. …

Refugee students find help in Rochester School District
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, NY –
The largest source is Myanmar (Burma), one of the poorest countries in the world, located between India, China and Thailand in Southeast Asia. …

Farmers in cyclone-hit delta face bleak future
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
Some of the seeds received from the former Burma’s military government had failed to sprout and he had managed to plant only 70 per cent of his land, …

Burma Army Kills Four and Forces Hundreds to Flee Karen State
Christian Today — Australia, Australia –
The CSW report says a field researcher from Karen Human Rights Group reported that the DKBA initially issued documents to villagers across the Pa-an …

Burmese censors outline news management plan
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
Mizzima recently got hold of a copy of a confidential document detailing the plan of the Burmese junta’s information minister to improve the dissemination …

Burma – Military censors send privately-owned media directive with …
CNW Telbec (Communiqués de presse), Canada –
As well as the traditionally-banned subjects such as democracy, the plight of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi or the economic and social crisis, …

Barack Obama’s message of change for Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
In July 2008, Congress passed the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta’s Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act under his leadership. Biden said, “I look forward to …

Anatomy of a continuing movement
The News International, Pakistan –
… contributed to Indian independence from colonial rule, the long-imprisoned Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi has led the opposition against military rule, …

At UN, Racism Expert Omits Myanmar like NGOs from Durban II
Inner City Press, NY –
In the case of Tomas Ojea Quintana, who went strikingly easy on Myanmar’s Than Shwe regime’s human rights record, such “imagination” only harms the Burmese …

Children on the Edge to host Burmese art exhibit
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –

… the work of Saw Kennedy, a refugee forced to flee Burma after facing oppression and persecution at the hands of the brutal Burmese military regime. …

Burma Army Attacking Christian Karen Villagers; Several Killed
BosNewsLife, Hungary –
CSW, which has been investigating the situation in Burma, also known as Myanmar, said the clashed happened in the Dooplaya District, in southern Karen State …

THE ABSENT NEIGHBOUR
Calcutta Telegraph, India –

India has given $100 million credit for Myanmar infrastructure, while $ 57 million has been offered to upgrade Burmese railways. …

Burma ‘Hampering’ Aid Six Months after Cyclone
OneWorld US, DC –
… the Irrawaddy Delta after the cyclone, the junta’s restrictions on humanitarian access continue to obstruct aid workers in Burma,’ continues Mr Hasan. …

Thaksin still holds an edge in spite of legal problems
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Other pro-Thaksin supporters were also hoping Thaksin could elevate his status to that of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese Nobel Laureate who is now under …

Burma’s domestic car industry sluggish
Mizzima.com, India –
Myanmar Economic Holdings is also importing a lot of cars, which deflates the local market,” a well informed car dealer said. “Car deals can hardly be made …

Fund crunch halts on going projects till 2010
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News Rangoon – Financial constraints have caught up with the Burmese military junta even as the 2010 general elections approach, …

ASEAN chief confident Thai political unrest won’t affect summit
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
Because the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) anti-government coaltion continues occupying Government House, coupled with confrontations and occasional …

Military censors send privately-owned media directive with 10 …
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
As well as the traditionally-banned subjects such as democracy, the plight of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi or the economic and social crisis, …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 4, 2008 at 9:51 pm

World focus on Burma (21 July 2008)

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UN welcomes Myanmar’s post-cyclone recovery plan

Earthtimes (press release), UK –

New York – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday welcomed an assessment for future international humanitarian assistance to Myanmar following the …

POLITICS: South Asia Maps Its Own Development Destiny

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

… Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam — will be merged into a single market and production base. …

Save the Children: Time for donors to give more to Burma says Save …

Politics.co.uk, UK –

World governments had pledged to give more money to Burma on condition that an independent assessment of the needs was carried out and that international …

ASEAN human rights body to rely on ‘peer pressure’

Radio Australia, Australia –

But Singapore, Burma, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam are pressing to water down the terms of reference to ensure the human rights body is largely an advisory …

Critics skeptical of Burma’s ratification of ASEAN Charter

Mizzima.com, India –

David Scott Mathieson, Burma consultant of the Human Rights Watch said, Burma’s signing the charter is ‘technically’ significant but cannot be …

Foreign ministers set up panel on ASEAN human right body (Roundup)

Monsters and Critics.com –

It also commits ASEAN to the principles of ‘democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms, rule of law and good governance.’ ‘We are committed to make …

ASEAN tackles border spat, rights and Myanmar

elEconomista.es, Spain –

… urgedCambodia and Thailand on Monday to show restraint over amilitary standoff on their border and took steps to create aregional human rights body. …

Karen Refugees Forced to Return

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“Thailand should raise concern about the Burmese human rights violations that cause forced displacement as well as responding humanely to its victims …

Political Prisoner Dies in Burma Prison

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE The 137th political prisoner died on July 18 due to a lack of health care in a Burmese prison, a Burmese human rights group, the Assistance …

UW is home to Asian language immersion programs

The Capital Times, WI –

So people who want to go to Burma or Laos or Thailand or Indonesia or the Philippines to do research or business or whatever, we serve them. …

Asean Seeks Myanmar Aid, Attempts to Ease Thai-Cambodia Tension

Bloomberg –

Myanmar’s army assisted the government and international aid workers in providing “more effective, and timely delivery of aid supplies” to storm victims, …

Goldman Sachs Celebrates the Next Generation of World-Class Leaders
Business Wire (press release), CA –
… to produce broad social benefits for orphans of AIDs victims in Thailand, literacy programs in Burma, and community medical clinics in South Africa. …

Cyclone Nargis cost Burma $4bn, says UN report

guardian.co.uk, UK –

The UN’s humanitarian chief, John Holmes, said full access to storm-hit areas had now been granted, as well as an independent assessment of aid to ensure it …

Burma aid effort ‘requires $1bn’

BBC News, UK –

Burma’s ruling generals were criticised in the wake of the cyclone for being slow to accept international aid. Asean has already played a key part in …

ASEAN criticizes Myanmar over Nargis and the detention of Aug San …

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

ASEAN mainly criticized Myanmar’s rejection of international aid, the only possibility for resolving the tremendous emergency facing the population. …

Vigil for Burma to be held in downtown Dallas

Pegasus News, TX –

This is the second such event in Dallas supporting the people of Burma; the first being the vigil at Southern Methodist University in October 2007, …

Farmers Dispute Official ‘Back to Normal’ Claims

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By AUNG THET WINE LAPUTTA, Burma — Despite official assurances that rice production in the cyclone-devastated Irrawaddy delta has fully resumed, …

Observers doubt Myanmar on ASEAN charter pledges

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

Myanmar was also severely criticized internationally for its delay in allowing foreign aid into the country after a May 2-3 cyclone that left 138000 people …

Why Dr N. Nesiah is unfit to function as a Commissioner?

Ministry of Defence (press release), Sri Lanka –

(e) Dr. N has identified himself on the international front with the CPA on the issue of Burma. He has signed a communication describing himself as from CPA …

Myanmar appeals for more foreign aid to help victims of Cyclone …

The Associated Press –

SINGAPORE (AP) — Myanmar is appealing for more foreign aid to help victims of Cyclone Nargis. Foreign Minister Nyan Win said more assistance would shorten …

Missonary, teacher and world traveler

KeepMEcurrent.com, ME –

(Photo by Kate Irish Collins) Byu is from Burma, now known as Myanmar, a country on the Bay of Bengal, sandwiched between Thailand, Laos, Bangladesh and …

Asean Seeks Myanmar Aid, Attempts to Ease Thai-Cambodia Tension

Bloomberg –

… assistance in the country formerly known as Burma, and today appealed for $300 million to fund relief efforts in Myanmar through the rest of this year. …

ASEAN demands action on soaring commodity prices

AFP –

SINGAPORE (AFP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers called for action Monday to reduce soaring commodity prices and urged Myanmar’s junta to immediately …

ASEAN demands action on soaring commodity prices

AFP –

SINGAPORE (AFP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers called for action Monday to reduce soaring commodity prices and urged Myanmar’s junta to immediately …

Singapore: Transcript of Door-stop Interview by Minister for …

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

I would like to brief you on our discussion on Myanmar this evening. The ASEAN Foreign Ministers had a full and frank discussion on the political situation …

Singapore: Statement by ASEAN Chair, Singapore’s Minister for …

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

… Ministers misunderstood the point made by the Myanmar Foreign Minister on the limit of the detention period of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi under Myanmar law. …

Myanmar cyclone recovery cost tops $1 bln–UN/ASEAN

Reuters –

The United Nations appealed earlier this month for more than $300 million in additional aid for the former Burma, on top of $178 million already provided by …

Burma cyclone aid to cost $1bn over three years

Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa –

Rebuilding Burma’s cyclone-devastated south and bringing aid to millions of survivors will cost $1-billion over the next three years, the United Nations and …

Burma Cyclone Damage Estimated at $4 Billion

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By AP SINGAPORE — A new UN-led report says the damage from Burma’s Cyclone Nargis in May is estimated to be US $4 billion. The report released Monday says …

Burmese Junta Signs Asean Charter

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The Burma issue is one of its top agendas during the meeting. “Just as we could not ignore political developments in Myanmar [Burma], neither could we stand …

Laurel church helps 80000 orphans

KPAX-TV, MT –

Chylo Laszloffy visited Myanmar or Burma after the Cyclone. Laszloffy says, “There is a lot of disease and the it’s hard to find food because the rivers …

Another Burma promise

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

“Myanmar’s ratification of the charter demonstrates our strong commitment to embrace the common values and aspirations of the peoples of Asean,” Foreign …

LEAD: ASEAN urges Myanmar junta to release Suu Kyi, usher in …

TMCnet –

(Japan Economic Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) SINGAPORE, July 21_(Kyodo) _ ASEAN foreign ministers urged Myanmar to free all political detainees in a …

Observers doubt Myanmar on ASEAN charter pledges

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

… of the Free Burma Coalition group of independent democracy advocates. Just seven days after the cyclone, Myanmar insisted on holding a referendum on a …

Bus blasts kill three, injure 18 in south-west China (Roundup)

Monsters and Critics.com –

The agency said border guards had tightened security at all exit and entry points in Yunnan, which has long borders with Myanmar (Burma), Laos and Vietnam. …

South-east Asian nations express “disappointment” at Burma

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

“They repeated the call by Asean leaders for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political detainees as part of Myanmar’s [Burma’s] national …

Burma ratifies pro-human rights charter

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

… with that explanation, Yeo said: “We have long taken a position which we knew did not have the full agreement of the Myanmar [Burma] foreign minister. …

Myanmar ratifies ASEAN pact on democracy, rights

AFP –

SINGAPORE (AFP) — Myanmar’s junta ratified a new ASEAN charter binding it to ideals of democracy and human rights Monday, as ministers urged the regime to …

Burma appealing for more aid to help cyclone victims

USA Today –

SINGAPORE (AP) — Burma is appealing for more foreign aid to help victims of Cyclone Nargis. Foreign Minister Nyan Win said more assistance would shorten his …

Threat on India’s northern border

Organiser, India –

If you think that’s not smart enough for warriors of Sun Tzu, than take a look at the borders from North to East -Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar are …

SOS Malta helps Myanmar victims

di-ve.com, Malta –

by di-ve.com – editorial@di-ve.com A delegation from SOS Malta’s Sri Lankan partner, Healing Hands, has just returned from an aid visit to Burma and will …

Asean Ministers Meet to Discuss Thai-Cambodia Tensions, Myanmar

Bloomberg –

The military, which has ruled the country formerly known as Burma since 1962, extended opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest by one year on May …

Isolated Myanmar regime ratifies regional charter including human …

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

Suu Kyi has now been detained for more than 12 of the last 18 years at her home in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. In a Monday address to ASEAN foreign …

New wave of dissidents arises in Myanmar

Chicago Tribune, United States –

YANGON, Myanmar — They operate in the shadows, slipping by moonlight from safe house to safe house and meeting under cover of monasteries or clinics to plot …

Myanmar, Thai-Cambodia crisis dominate ASEAN talks

AFP –

SINGAPORE (AFP) — Political prisoners in Myanmar and a Thai-Cambodia border crisis dominated talks between Southeast Asian foreign ministers Monday, …

Myanmar ratifies ASEAN charter

The Associated Press –

Suu Kyi has now been detained for more than 12 of the last 18 years at her home in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. In a Monday address to ASEAN foreign …

ASEAN Slams Myanmar Ahead Of Regional Security Meeting

RTT News, NY –

(RTTNews) – Ahead of an annual security meeting of Southeast Asian nations, the group slammed military-ruled Myanmar over its dismal human rights record and …

ASEAN begins meeting amid fears of being sidelined in region+

TMCnet –

On Myanmar, Yeo said Myanmar Foreign Minister Nyan Win has indicated that political dissident Aung San Suu Kyi could be released in about six months time, …

Is it the beginning of greater commitment to lasting democracy in …

IPPmedia, United Republic of Tanzania –

… in many countries, including a number of the former Soviet Republics or even recently Mongolia, not to mention the current situation in Myanmar (Burma). …

ASEAN issues strong rebuke against Myanmar ahead of regional …

The Canadian Press, SINGAPORE –

SINGAPORE — Southeast Asian nations issued their strongest rebuke ever to military-ruled Myanmar before opening an annual security meeting Monday amid a …

ASEAN aims to foster trust between international community, Myanmar

Monsters and Critics.com –

The crisis over Cyclone Nargis, which struck Myanmar in May, ‘tested ASEAN unity and forced us to consider what ASEAN meant to Myanmar and in turn what …

China’s “rug merchants” of the UN

Enter Stage Right, Canada –

In countries from Angola to Zimbabwe to Burma, China also sells the ruling elites the weapons they need to hold onto power – and rig the occasional election, …

‘Bare’ in the works

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

… which is providing food, water and temporary shelter to victims of the earthquake in China and the cyclone in Burma, which destroyed infrastructure, …

Southeast Asia tackles food, energy security

Reuters India, India –

By Manny Mogato SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Southeast Asian foreign ministers will tackle spiralling food and fuel prices at their annual meeting on Monday, …

MPs: Halt Burma aid

Politics.co.uk, UK –

Humanitarian aid to Burma should be halted unless the country’s military rulers stop abusing it, the government has been told. An influential committee of …

Murder Most Foul

Asia Sentinel, China –

But you cannot be a first-world country with a legal system whose main characteristics are shared by the likes of Zimbabwe, Burma and North Korea. …

Garang’s secret plan to marginalize the Nuer at Navivasha 2005

Sudan Tribune, Sudan –

The occupation and re-colonization of Sudan would set a precedent for any countries in Afro-Asia such as Zimbabwe, Syria, Iran and Myanmar (Burma) would …

Murder Most Foul

Asia Sentinel, China –

But you cannot be a first-world country with a legal system whose main characteristics are shared by the likes of Zimbabwe, Burma and North Korea. …

ASEAN issues strong rebuke against Myanmar ahead of regional …

International Herald Tribune, France –

… a statement expressing “deep disappointment” that Myanmar’s junta had extended the detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi by another year. …

Myanmar, Thai-Cambodia crisis dominate ASEAN talks

AFP – 1 hour ago

Efforts to get aid to about two million survivors of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar are also expected to feature prominently in Monday’s talks, …

Myanmar, Thai-Cambodia crisis dominate ASEAN talks

AFP –

The talks took place after Myanmar extended Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest for another year in May, and earned widespread criticism for its refusal to …

An Indian perspective on China: Pallavi Aiyar

Danwei, Hong Kong –

Q: How do you see the balance of power in the region developing, with the complex web of relations between India, Iran, Pakistan, Nepal, Burma and China? …

MoviesOnline, Canada –

… aid workers recruit John Rambo to guide them up the Salween River to deliver medical supplies to the Karen tribe of neighboring Burma (aka Myanmar). …

Pope prays for ill Cardinal Cassidy

CathNews, Australia –

While Cardinal Cassidy was born in Sydney, he spent much of his life as an emissary of the Vatican working in India, Ireland, China, Bangladesh, Burma, …

Pillay Will Have Her Work Cut Out for Her in Geneva

New York Sun, United States –

Currently, Geneva almost never speaks out forcefully against Zimbabwe, Burma, Cuba, China, Russia, most Arab countries, or other places where human rights …

Asia forum to tackle local security

The Canberra Times, Australia –

ASEAN has been criticised for doing little to force Burma, a member, to change its ways, but was hailed for persuading the junta to accept international aid …

Commentary: Help us cease from striving

Dallas Baptist Standard, TX –

One native leader from Burma told about delivering aid to victims of the devastating cyclone and people being saved as unburied bodies littered the fields. …

Asia forum to tackle local security

The Canberra Times, Australia –

Also on the agenda will be the behaviour of Burma’s junta, which has done little to allow democracy and has refused to free opposition leader Aung San Suu …

Burma to dominate Asean summit

BBC News, UK –

They will address some large challenges for the 40-year-old association, among them the issue of Burma’s membership. The summit will release a full …

The three at the centre of attention

Livemint, India –

Karat was born to Keralite parents on 7 February 1948, in Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar), where his father worked for British Railways. …

Thailand stands to miss its chance to shine as asean chair

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

To a certain degree, Asean has regained its creditability after a decade of Burma’s non-compliance by convincing the Burmese junta to loosen up its …

Columns: Catastrophe victims need help

Meadville Tribune, PA –

Only recently did the cyclone hit the Myanmar and Burma region. Shortly after that, China suffered a devastating earthquake. Both of these killed thousands …

Border dispute, Myanmar, top ASEAN ministers’ talks

AFP –

Efforts to get aid to about two million survivors of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar are also expected to feature prominently when talks continue on Monday. …

조선일보(영문판), South Korea –

High on the agenda will be relief efforts in the military-ruled nation of Burma, which was devastated by cyclone Nargys in May. …

Pilgrims renew an ancient faith

The Australian, Australia –

For young Catholics who came from 177 countries, some with the odds stacked against them, like those from Burma, Pope Benedict encouraged them to keep the …

John Nichols: Obama, McCain & Tibet

The Capital Times, WI –

President Bush has announced that, despite China’s violent crackdowns on dissent in Tibet and its support for the brutal dictatorships of Sudan and Burma, …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 21, 2008 at 4:21 am

World focus on Burma (15 July 2008)

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Amnesty’s biggest-ever Edinburgh Festival line-up announced

Amnesty International UK, UK –

Other Amnesty highlights this year include two visual exhibitions, a play on Burma (with an exclusive Festival demonstration for human rights), …

Sudan indictment seen as ray of hope

TravelVideo.tv (press release) –

The Sudan development serves also as a warning to other goon regimes, like the one in Burma that their clock is winding down and justice, while often slow …

British MPs call on Govt. to investigation Mahn Sha’s assassination

Mizzima.com, India –

Zoya said, “Though we know that it is the work of the Burmese military junta, there has been no official announcement and we are sad about it. …

Myanmar invites UN envoy for talks on democratic reform

Monsters and Critics.com –

Having recently pushed through a constitution that will assure the military’s control over any elected government, Myanmar’s ruling junta has promised to …

Burma’s outdoor advertising industry in doldrums after Nargis

Mizzima.com, India –

… billboards and other outdoor advertisement have slowly picked up, said Zaw Lin from Myanmar Ganad. But in military-ruled Burma, where the junta keeps a …

Police incompetence; multiple murderers still at large

Mizzima.com, India –

Lack of media freedom in Burma worsens the rising crime rate in Burma. The media in Burma could write about the aforesaid multi-murder case only several …

Sam Donnellon: Refuse to cover the Olympics? Not for all the tea …

Philadelphia Daily News, PA –

Sales of arms to Burma’s military junta receded after last September’s bloody crackdown of dissidents, and China took a more prominent role in UN attempts …

Attitude on fresh election: contest or not

Mizzima.com, India –

The strongest armed force only after the Burmese Army having even anti-aircraft guns and has a reached ceasefire agreement with the junta. …

Donated fishing equipment taken back from villagers

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

The donor also said that local authorities had skimmed off some of the money given by private donors to help cyclone victims. …

Bush Vows to Push China to Honor Religious Freedom

Christian Post –

In his speech, Bush specifically mentioned religious freedom violators Iran, Eritrea, Sudan, North Korea, Burma, Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia. …

Support plea for repressed kingdom in the clouds

Inverness Courier, UK –

It borders India, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma and China. It is split into three provinces Amdo, Kham and U-Tsang, which together with western Kham is referred to …

Journeys Within Announces Plan to Continue Myanmar Help

MarketWatch –

… planning a custom tour for January 2009, including Myanmar. Journeys Within offers customized trips to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Burma and Cambodia. …

Thai ministers fear to sign ASEAN pacts after court defeats

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

BANGKOK, July 15 (TNA) – After losing several rounds of court battles in recent weeks at home, Thai Cabinet ministers say they are reluctant to sign any …

June 2008 US-EU Summit Declaration

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

Separately, we remain deeply concerned at continued repression in Burma/Myanmar as well as the lack of progress toward national reconciliation and a …

Agriculture in action

Centre Daily Times, PA –

By Gail Franklin Local residents helped fill rice bowls at the dinner tables of 11 orphanages in Myanmar after deadly Cyclone Nargis hit the country May 2. …

Htein Lin: A Moving Monument

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Perhaps his message was that the “Saffron Revolution” had been as devastating to the military regime as Cyclone Nargis was to the people of lower Burma. …

A Call to Arms?

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By KYAW ZWA MOE “Nothing can defeat Burma’s military regime—at least to date.” I wrote those words in a commentary after the monk-led uprising was crushed …

Thai Embassy Raises the Bar for Burmese Seeking Visas

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“Nowadays very few people are applying for Thai visas—far fewer than before Nargis,” she said, referring to the devastating cyclone that hit Burma on May …

CENTRE PAYS TRIBUTE TO CONSERVATIONIST

South Devon Herald Express, UK –

“Some experts suggest that the effect of the recent Burma cyclone would have been greatly reduced had areas of mangrove not been developed. …

VITAL CLEETHORPES WORK HELPS SAVE LIVES IN BURMA

Grimsby Evening Telegraph, UK –

Since a cyclone devastated Burma, Cleethorpes Rotary, along with fellow groups in District 1270 – including Louth and Mablethorpe – have raised enough for …

Gambari’s Burma Visit Postponed

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Officials said one factor was that at a time when the UN and Asean are busy coordinating humanitarian relief work in the cyclone-hit area of the Irrawaddy …

Tutu renews his appeal to Anglicans to end their factionalism

Ekklesia, UK –

He is an outspoken advocate for peace, justice and human rights – with HIV/AIDS, global poverty and oppression in Burma, Zimbabwe and Tibet being among his …

Sam Donnellon: Refuse to cover the Olympics? Not for all the tea …

Philadelphia Daily News, PA –

And various human-rights groups, not to mention the exploding international blogging community, have called for disruptions at the Games if China’s …

Lecture: Democracy, security and rule of law in Ghana

Joy Online, Ghana –

Democracy, free market, human resource development, human rights, rule of law and social justice have steadfastly remained our Party’s creed since August 4, …

Aid workers vital to rebuilding Burma

Radio Australia, Australia –

Burma’s military junta has been trumpeting the fact that more than 1500 international aid workers have been granted visas to the country to assist in the …

Buddhist Monks and Bloggers Band Together in Burma

OpEdNews, PA –

Buddhist monks have given food and shelter to the cyclone survivors. They’ve raised money , medicine, and aid, by preaching Dhamma in public to help the …

Burmese artwork to be given to Pope

The Canberra Times, Australia –

Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney Julien Porteous said the Church shared a close bond with the people of Burma, who had suffered greatly in the wake of the cyclone …

RIGHTS: Cluster Bomb Treaty’s Moral Force May Deter US

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

Right now the only country using landmines is Burma. Even countries like Israel that did not sign the landmine treaty do not use them. …

From opium to arabica

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Born to parents who had emigrated from Burma, he grew up in Doi Tung. His parents worked in reforestation, which was one of Somdej Yah’s first projects …

Lord Alton reflects on world food summit

Independent Catholic News, UK –

… disasters such as Cyclone Nargis in Burma, the Sichuan earthquake in China, flooding and droughts and by crop failures in countries like Ethiopia. …

Pope beams in Sydney

CathNews, Australia –

However, 33 pilgims from Burma have arrived after receiving their visas Friday. Thirty three pilgrims, six priests, three mauve nuns – each left a Burma …

Baptists Bring Comfort to Burma

Christian Post –

By Joshua Goldberg The Baptist World Alliance announced this week that groups of its volunteers, in a special partnership with the Myanmar Baptist …

India Needs To Reconsider Foreign Policy Following Kabul Embassy …

South Asian Link, Canada –

None of the neighbors such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka or Burma is willing to support India against China. India should clearly understand …

Why Are Red Cross Reports Confidential?

Slate –

According to ICRC protocol (PDF), the committee can publicly denounce specific human rights breaches if four conditions are met: The violations are major …

China’s war on nature

Business Spectator, Australia –

Indeed, environmental concerns may soon replace human rights as the principal bone of contention between China and the west, now that the People’s Republic …

Bush Calls for Religious Freedom In China, Iran

Voice of America –

Mr. Bush spoke about his recent meeting in Washington with a Chinese human-rights lawyer named Li Baiguang who is a devout Protestant. …

Sf Government InAction: Is Ross Mirkarimi Captain Ahab? Is Burma a …

SF Weekly Blogs, CA –

This isn’t the belief of a Chris Daly who, for all that he is an honorable man (very rare in politics) and by all accounts a better-than-average human being …

RIGHTS: Cluster Bomb Treaty’s Moral Force May Deter US

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

According to Marc Garlasco, a military analyst at Human Rights Watch, evolving international norms are shaping the way the US and other states are using …

BREAKING NEWS: Bush Condemns Religious Rights Abuses In Iran …

BosNewsLife, Hungary –

Bush also lashed out at Burma, also known as Myanmar, saying he remembered “especially the nation’s Buddhist monks, who have endured brutal raids on their …

Remarks by the President on the 10th Anniversary of the …

MarketWatch –

So a decade ago, members of Congress — I suspect some of the members here — and religious leaders and human rights activists came together to advance …

Burmese pilgrims overjoyed to arrive in Sydney for World Youth Day …

Catholic News Agency, CO –

Dominic Ych Thiha Saw, one of the Burmese pilgrims carried a box marked with the name “Pope Benedict XVI” containing a painting of a famous lake in Myanmar, …

Family feels persecuted by vandalism attacks

The Dominion Post, New Zealand –

Swastikas and obscenities greeted a Myanmar (formerly Burma) family last Wednesday when they went out to use their car. The Cenhrang family found their car …

Baptists Bring Comfort to Burma

Christian Post –

… Myanmar Baptist Convention, were steadily making headway in combating the “huge unmet basic needs for the victims of the disaster†in Burma. “The …

BREAKING NEWS: Bush Condemns Religious Rights Abuses In Iran …

BosNewsLife, Hungary –

Bush also lashed out at Burma, also known as Myanmar, saying he remembered “especially the nation’s Buddhist monks, who have endured brutal raids on their …

World’s Former Only Hindu Country Opens to Christianity

Christian Post –

Missionaries from Myanmar (also known as Burma), Sri Lanka, India, and the United States also spoke. The Myanmar missionary shared about how locals saw the …

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Weekly Business Roundup (May 31, 2008)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The deal was brokered by the Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise, which is a nominal partner in all oil and gas ventures in Burma. Daewoo is the lead developer …

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TVNZ

Burma: Asean Steps in Where Others May Not Tread

The Irrawaddy News Magazine –
The junta has hoodwinked Asean before and it could happen again,” says Roshan Jason, spokesman for the Asean Inter-parliamentary Myanmar Caucus, a group of South-east Asian parliamentarians championing political reform in Burma. “Asean’s credibility is …
Officials say Myanmar junta is evicting storm victims from shelters NBC 29 News
UN: Myanmar funding conference “success” Xinhua
ABS CBN NewsForbesReuters UKReliefWeb (press release)
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Chinese medics ends Myanmar mission to treat cyclone victims

Xinhua –
YANGON, May 31 (Xinhua) — Chinese medics, who worked in Myanmar for the relief of cyclone victims, ended its two-week mission and left Yangon Saturday morning for home.
More Cyclone-hard-hit Township In Myanmar Starts With Paddy Ploughing Bernama
Japan medical team arrives in cyclone-hit Myanmar Thai News Agency MCOT
People’s Daily OnlineXinhuaXinhuaThai News Agency MCOT
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Global Buddhist event comes to Hoagland

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
They include groups established by natives of Myanmar, formerly Burma, and Laos, Devananda says. Buddhists from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Illinois are …

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Many Burmese Still Awaiting Aid

Washington Post, United States –
AP PYINMAGON, Burma, May 30 — This rice-farming village in the Irrawaddy Delta, one of countless communities devastated by Tropical Cyclone Nargis, …

Humanitarian Vanities

New York Times, United States –

… to stand by knowing that the dictatorship of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, showed few signs of caring about the victims of Cyclone Nargis? …

Cyclone Caused More Damage Than Tsunami In Myanmar, Says Mercy …

Bernama, Malaysia –
KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 (Bernama) — Cyclone Nargis which slammed into Myanmar on May 2 and 3 inflicted damage much worse than that caused by the 2004 Indian …

First Thai medics return after treating Myanmar cyclone victims

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Four Thai medical doctors, under the patronage of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, in former Burma to treat Myanmar cyclone victims since May 17, …

Redlander grieves current events in childhood home of Burma

Redlands Daily Facts, CA –
(CATHERINE GARCIA / Redlands Daily Facts) Burma, which is called Myanmar by its current government, has been under military rule since 1962. …

Ethnic rebels torch sawmill, kill 8 workers in Myanmar

Times of India, India –
The ruling junta in Myanmar, also known as Burma, has reached peace agreements with 17 armed ethnic groups. But others are still fighting for autonomy from …

US Defence Secretary Gates assures enduring role in Asia

Earthtimes (press release), UK –
“We continue to get help into Burma (Myanmar) and remain poised to provide more” for the victims of the May 3 cyclone that left 133000 dead or missing. …

United Sikhs Expands Aid Efforts in Burma

Panthic Weekly, CA –
He said, “I was encouraged by the relief effort, but that rapid reinforcements were needed” As of this week, the government of Myanmar has allowed all aid …

What in the World?

Irish Independent, Ireland –
But when Burma gained independence from the British in 1948, the Karen people were abandoned to their fate. In recent decades the Burmese army has practised …

Two catastrophes, two approaches

Trinidad & Tobago Express, Trinidad and Tobago –
A wicked cyclone struck Myanmar, formerly Burma, on May 12 leaving death and destruction in its wake. It was the sixth worse cyclone in history with an …

Those Hardest Hit Can Fend For Themselves, Says Burma’s Junta

DigitalJournal.com, Canada –
If you think Burma’s junta could not do or say anything else to warrant further backlash from the international community, you may want to reconsider that …

US blames Burma for thousands of deaths

The Age, Australia –
The Burma military’s obstruction of international aid after Cyclone Nargis has come “at a cost of tens of thousands of lives,” US Secretary of Defence …

Junta blamed for thousands dead in Myanmar Radio New Zealand, New Zealand

UN: Myanmar forcing cyclone survivors out of camps

The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s military government is forcing cyclone victims out of refugee camps and “dumping” them near their devastated villages with …

Myanmar Races to Plant Delta Rice Crops Before Monsoon Rains

Bloomberg –
… as Burma, the UN says. The International Development Enterprises, a non-government organization working to boost agricultural production in Myanmar, …

Why Child Abuse by Peacekeepers, Aid Workers Often Goes Unreported

Voice of America –
The report says Burma, also known as Myanmar, remained the worst government offender. And that’s IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English, written by Brianna …

Aid agencies urge Burma not to build orphanages

guardian.co.uk, UK –
International relief agencies bringing aid to the survivors of Cyclone Nargis are trying to persuade the Burmese regime not to build orphanages for children …

Cowardice of silence

guardian.co.uk, UK –
And yet the secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, could not bring himself to utter her name on his recent, grovelling tour of Burma. …

Cyclone victims being evicted

LIVENEWS.com.au, Australia –
The United Nations humanitarian coordinator has raised concerns about victims of cyclone Nargis being evicted from emergency accommodation in Burma. …

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, United States –
More important, though, is the frustration of the sailors stationed on a ship near Burma, who are hoping to help, Keating said. While China has been more …

Burma: Stop Forced Evictions

Human Rights Watch (press release) –
“It’s unconscionable for Burma’s generals to force cyclone victims back to their devastated homes,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. …


ITV.com

Myanmar: Monks succeed where generals falter

Minneapolis Star Tribune –
The people have grown much closer to Myanmar’s Buddhist monks, who provide care, aid and solace, while their alienation from the military junta has grown.
Aid Agencies Say Logistical Difficulties Hamper Burma Aid Deliveries Voice of America
Burma ‘forcing refugees from camps’ The Press Association
The Associated PressBloombergReutersABS CBN News
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WBT

Burma’s Rulers Tighten Grip on Power

Voice of America –
He promises the United Nations will continue to press Burma, also known as Myanmar, to free political activists. “The sooner restrictions on Aung San Suu Kyi and other political figures are lifted, the sooner Myanmar will be able to move towards …
US sharply skeptical of Myanmar constitution AFP
Burma arrest condemned Scotsman
guardian.co.ukAljazeera.netThe Associated PressEdmonton Sun
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Boston Globe

Burma cyclone aid agencies make plea for orphans

guardian.co.uk –
“Institutionalisation really is the last resort,” said Guy Cave, Save the Children’s Burma deputy country director.
UN urges donors to fund relief efforts in Myanmar without delay Scoop.co.nz (press release)
Aid donors press Burma for access Toronto Star
ReutersBoston GlobeReliefWeb (press release)The Age
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Burma’s junta evict families from relief centres

Radio Australia –
The United Nations says leaving people on the streets is unacceptable and has called for Burma to keep the centres open. Unicef’s regional director, Anupama Rao Singh, says the move risks creating a second wave of disease and disaster.
UN condemns Burma ‘camp closures’ BBC News
UN warns Burma it is endangering its citizens Bangkok Post
Radio Australia
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US says Myanmar stonewalling left thousands dead

International Herald Tribune –
By Andrew Gray Reuters SINGAPORE: Tens of thousands of people died because Myanmar’s government rejected offers of foreign aid for cyclone victims, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Saturday.

UN: Myanmar forcing cyclone survivors out of camps

The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s military government is forcing cyclone victims out of refugee camps and “dumping” them near their devastated villages with virtually no aid supplies, UN and church officials said Friday.

New arrival aboard Scotsman’s floating clinic in flood-hit Burma

Scotsman –
By Tristan Stewart-Robertson A FLOATING clinic donated to the Burma cyclone relief effort by a Scottish businessman has seen its first birth.
Baby born on boat donated to Burma relief by businessman Scotsman
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Seattle Post Intelligencer

Gates: Obstructed efforts in Myanmar cost lives

The Associated Press –
SINGAPORE (AP) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates says that Myanmar’s obstruction of international efforts to help cyclone victims has cost “tens of thousands of lives.
US blames Burma for thousands of deaths The Age
Gates says Myanmar aid obstruction cost tens of thousands of lives International Herald Tribune
Christian Science Monitor
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PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung)

Singapore regrets Burma’s refusal of foreign aid

Radio Australia –
Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says Burma’s response to foreign offers of emergency aid is ‘regrettable.
Myanmar afraid cyclone handling will show up junta-Singapore Reuters
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Catholic News Agency

Give aid workers in Myanmar effective access–Pope

Reuters –
The Pope made his indirect appeal in an address to the Catholic bishops of the former Burma, who are winding up a visit to the Vatican, and urged them to be strong in the face of “distress, persecution and famine”.
Pope expresses hope victims of Myanmar’s cyclone will receive aid Catholic News Service
Church in Myanmar shows signs of hope despite difficulties, Pope says Catholic News Agency
Catholic World NewsInternational Herald Tribune
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Burma’s cyclone survivors face a life of debt

Times Online –
There was the disaster of her fisherman son, drowned at sea in a storm that was never noticed outside Burma. There was the disaster of widowhood: her husband died six years ago of an illness to which Daw Aye cannot even put a name.
The politics of rice in Burma OneWorld.net
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RP chessers still pulling away vs Myanmar

Inquirer.net –
TAGAYTAY CITY, Philippies–IM candidate Rolando Nolte, former national junior champion Oliver Barbosa and Reggie Olay provided the decisive wins for the Philippines as they beat their Myanmar counterparts, 4.5-1.5, to fortify their hold on the lead …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 31, 2008 at 3:20 am